Genomic Citizenship: The Molecularization of Identity in the Contemporary Middle East
A public conversation, in conjunction with the release of Genomic Citizenship: The Molecularization of Identity in the Contemporary Middle East, with its author, Prof. Ian McGonigle, and Prof. Sara Shostak, two experts working at the intersection of science and society.
Based on ethnographic work in Israel and Qatar, two small Middle Eastern ethno-nations with significant biomedical resources, Genomic Citizenship explores the relationship between science and identity. Prof. McGonigle discusses biological understandings of Jewishness, especially in relation to the intellectual history of Zionism and Jewish political thought, and considers the possibility of a novel application of genetics in assigning Israeli citizenship. He also describes developments in genetic medicine in Qatar and analyzes the Qatari Biobank in the context of Qatari nationalism and state-building projects.
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